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From Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged: “So you think that money is the root of all evil?” said Francisco d’Anconia. “Have you ever asked what is the. 57 quotes have been tagged as francisco-d-anconia: Ayn Rand: ‘An honest man is one who knows that he tags: atlas-shrugged, francisco-d-anconia, money. Francisco d’Anconia on Money has said that his views on monetary policy are based on Francisco d’Anconia’s speech in Atlas Shrugged.

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Here, Rand through Dagny is playing on a caricature of business—the view that most business executives do their work solely for the sake of the cash return. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Pin It on Pinterest. You have been called cruel for your unyielding integrity. Then all the things you buy will become, not a tribute to you, but a reproach; not an achievement, but a reminder of shame. When a corporate executive like Enron’s Ken Lay poses as an innovator while building a financial house of cards and deceiving his shareholders and employees, we see the difference between earning money and pretending to earn it.

This is the code of existence whose tool and symbol is money. Does he have money? By the ambitious at the expense of the lazy? Do not think that it should have been distributed among you; loading the world with fifty parasites instead of one, would not bring back the dead virtue which was the fortune.


William R Thomas writes about and teaches Objectivist ideas. He is also an economist, teaching occasionally at a variety of universities. If so, please consider making a donation. Similarly, spending money is not in itself morally admirable.

The Morality of Money

Then there is the depressing phenomenon of wealthy heirs like the many Kennedys in politics today. You have been called anti-social for the vision that made you venture upon undiscovered roads. The man who attempts to purchase the brains of his superiors to serve him, with his money replacing his judgment, ends up by becoming the victim of his inferiors.

Take a look at an electric generator and dare tell yourself that it was created by the muscular effort of unthinking brutes. Objectivists thus defend the moral worth of making money because we admire the productive, rational, independent man or woman. Money will not serve the mind that cannot match it. You have been hated, not for your mistakes, but for your achievements.

Francisco D Anconia Quotes

Is this the reason why you call it evil? Destroyers seize gold and leave to its owners a counterfeit pile of paper. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.

Money allows no power to prescribe the value of your effort except the voluntary choice of the man who is willing to trade you his effort in return.

Rather, like William Clay Ford, they assume that there is nothing moral about building good products that people want and are willing to pay for. But this does trancisco mean we equate wealth with moral worth, especially not in the mixed economic system we have today. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears, or of the looters, who take it from you by force.


In this view, Enron is simply the representative of corrupt, “free market” capitalism. Gold was an objective value, an equivalent of wealth produced.

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Francisco d’Anconia’s ‘Money Speech’ from Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand

And in fact it is rare to find people, even financiers, working well at work they do not value for its own sake. Paper is a check drawn by legal looters upon an ffancisco which is not theirs: This is the code of existence whose tool and symbol is money. I will have earned it” Atlas Shrugged. To love a thing is to know and love its nature. You have been called ruthless ffancisco the strength and self-discipline of your drive to your purpose.